New initiative for natural disaster clean ups welcomed
FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has welcomed the announcement that regional Queensland will have access to 'day labour' to help rebuild after natural disasters.
Mr O'Dowd campaigned for the initiative and said it was a "win" for his region.
"I'm pleased that the state government has decided to work with us on achieving this outcome," Mr O'Dowd said.
"It was a lengthy negotiation process, but the important thing is we have delivered a successful outcome for local governments who have been affected by natural disasters."
The new measures mean that local governments are able to seek reimbursement for day labour if they can demonstrate that it is better value than contract labour, and oversight and assurance conditions are met.
A longer term solution has also been put forward by the federal Coalition Government, which Mr O'Dowd is enthusiastic about.
"Our government has proposed moving to an upfront disaster recovery funding model, which would give state and local governments greater autonomy to understand disaster reconstruction works in the most efficient way," he said.
The Queensland Government is yet to agree to this funding model, but the current measures are intended to provide a short-term solution while talks are ongoing in the longer term.
The announcement follows Mr O'Dowd's meeting with Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh, in which they argued the case for day labour.